WORKING THE LAND: Lu Liona, 46, from the village of Lalomanu in Aleipata.

Lu works the land for survival

Life is still the same despite the changes. But it depends on how a person approaches life. This is the belief of Lu Liona, 46, from the village of Lalomanu in Aleipata. Mr. Liona said life is still the same to him. He mentioned the plantation is the main source of daily sustenance for their family.

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Sala Paleono, 29 years old from Lotofaga and her son Saulo needs help with water.

A mother’s cry for water

In their small shack was Sala Paleono, a mother of one from Lotofaga. Mrs. Paelono shared with the Village Voice team the struggles they face with water supply. Every day her family collects water with only two buckets and a few bottles.

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THE HARD LIFE IN THE RURAL AREA: Faitu’u Talā, from the village of Lalomanu in Aleipata.

Struggles of rural life

Living in the rural area is not an easy life to deal with every day. Such is the view of 59-year-old father, Faitu’u Talā, from the village of Lalomanu in Aleipata. Mr. Talā says life in rural areas is harder than living in urban settings.

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PLANTATION IS ONLY SOURCE OF INCOME: Lemaefe Sasite, 51 year old from the village of Vavau.

Father dreams big for children

Education is basically a driving factor to achieving success. And for Lemaefe Sasite, from the village of Vavau, getting his eight children to school is the first step to helping them have a better future. 

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SAMOAN VALUES ABOVE ALL THINGS: Maliana Singh, 18 year-old from Wellington, New Zealand.

A ‘new home’ for Maliana Singh

The heart of the Pacific has fashioned a home for Maliana Singh. Growing up in a luxurious, yet fast life, in Wellington, New Zealand, the 18-year-old has been here for the fourth time. She was blown away by the influence of family in Samoa, that despite the struggle they encounter daily, they are able to be so kind.

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“I LOVE SAMOA”: Suzie loves all the new things Samoa has to offer.

Our taros are bigger than yours

Suzi Sushma Kumar was waiting for her Samoan entourage (made up of her in- laws family) who were going to take her out on another holiday excursion. She was excited to see what was in store that day.

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Speaker reprimands senior Member of Parliament

Speaker of Parliament, Leaupepe Toleafoa Fa’afisi, reprimanded a senior Member of Parliament yesterday for taking pot shots at the leadership of Parliament and Government from the backbench.

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It was a wet and windy day in Apia, the perfect coffee drinking weather for Lloyd and Cherie of Rotorua, New Zealand, who were enjoying a strong brew at Taumeasina Island Resort.   The couple is here with their grandson celebrating his 10th birthday.

Couple keeps their promise

It was a wet and windy day in Apia, the perfect coffee drinking weather for Lloyd and Cherie of Rotorua, New Zealand, who were enjoying a strong brew at Taumeasina Island Resort. The couple is here with their grandson celebrating his 10th birthday.

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Joy in Year 13 results

The results of Year 13 students at Asau College brought joy to many, especially teachers and families. According to the School’s Principal, Fetuao Elu, 21 students out of 26 who sat the Samoa School Leaving Certificate passed the exam and have qualified for the National University of Samoa this year.

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A MOUNTAIN OF PLASTICS: All this plastic will have to go somewhere. It's a problem Samoa will have to address.

Samoa battles plastic pollution

"We are already eating plastic." This is a reality about our natural food and water supply in Samoa confirmed by a Consultant for U.N. Environment project, Tiffany Straza and supported by S.P.R.E.P’s pollution advisor, Anthony Talouli.

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PRISON DISCUSSION IN PARLIAMENT: Minister Tialavea Tionisio Hunt (inset) Sulumanaia Tauiliili Tuivasa.

$20m Prison Project

The new Prison is estimated to cost of $20 million. This was revealed by the Minister of Prisons and Correction Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, after two members of the Human Rights Political Party questioned the tender process for the ongoing construction of the new prison.

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GAGAEMAUGA NO. 2 M.P.: Faasootauloa Pati Taulapapa.

Proposed Electoral Law change alarms Gagaemauga No. 2 M.P.

A senior Member of Parliament for Gagaemauga No. 2, Fa’aso’otauloa Pati Taulapapa, has cautioned the government against changes that have been proposed as part of the Electoral Act review. The Member of Parliament, who is also the Associate Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, is particularly concerned about part of the review, which will affect his constituency.

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YOU HAVE TO BE ALERT: Minister of Samoa Airways, Lautafi Fio Purcell, has been warned about the competition from Air NZ.

Samoa Airways Minister warned

A former Cabinet Minster and Speaker of Parliament has cautioned the Minister responsible for Samoa Airways, Lautafi Fio Purcell, to stay alert. Gagaifomauga No. 3 Member of Parliament, La’auliolemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt, used Parliament privileges yesterday to attack Air New Zealand, claiming they are out to extinguish the national carrier.

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BE PROACTIVE: Lemusu Pulepule from Solosolo.

Stop complaining, do something

Laziness and complaining will get you nowhere. This is according to Lemusu Pulepule from Solosolo, who says everyone has a purpose and it is their responsibility to discover it and use it to the best of their ability. 

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IN NEED OF WATER: Akata Neufeldt’s Home in Falefa.

Mother says her family can do with some water help

The family of Akata Neufeldt from Falefa is coping well despite the hardship and struggles of today. But the 31-year-old mother says her family can do with some help for their water supply. The family recently relocated inland.

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It’s a tough life without running water

Life is already hard. But without a steady supply of water, things are even harder. That’s the reality for young father, Masunu Iese, 44, from Letogo. 

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An endless supply of food

A plantation not only provides food; it also tackles the high cost of living. Viliamu Ah-Lung, 43, from Fusi-Saoluafata, shared this view when he sat down with the Village Voice team yesterday. 

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C.S.S.P second call for N.G.O proposals: Participants in discussion.

Funding help for Civil society

The Civil Society Support Programme (C.S.S.P.) hosted its second call for proposals for Non – Government Organisations (N.G.O.) last week Friday at the T.A.T.T.E. Convention Centre.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

Israel still paying for crucifying Jesus Christ, P.M. says

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is adamant the nation of Israel will not experience true peace until the penalty for their decision to crucify Jesus Christ is paid. That was his response when his government was queried in Parliament about why it did not vote during a controversial United Nations resolution demanding the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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SWEET SUCCESS: Taumeasina Island Resort Manager, Nathan Bucknall (far left) and staff, the overall winners of the S.T.A Tourism Excellence Awards and Best Hygiene award.

Great vibes at Taumeasina Resort

It’s been a great week for Taumeasina Island Resort. Last week, the Resort and their staff celebrated sweet success during the S.T.A Tourism Excellence Awards.

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Think a Minute

Resolve or dissolve (Part 1)

Think a minute…”If you win all your arguments, you’ll probably lose all your friends.” Just imagine if we cut off our relationship with every person who disagreed with us, we would have almost no friends or family left! If we are around someone long enough, we will eventually disagree with them about something.


The woman and her bones

Do you feel the earth would be kinder if Adam was Eve instead? When I look at the children of the streets, I feel sorrow only. There is not a bone in a loving mother which does not ache for the grief upon any child. I miss my own mother like I miss the rain.

Between the Lines


LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

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